The presidents of the Federations of Morocco, Portugal and Spain met in Lisbon on Wednesday as part of the joint bid for the 2030 World Cup that FIFA announced earlier in October.
The leaders of the three federations — Fernando Gomes of the Portugese Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and Pedro Rocha of the Royal Spanish Football Federation — will submit on October 28 the letter of intent to the organization of the World Cup, the first formal step toward the joint bid.
The meeting at Cidade do Futebol, headquarters of the FPF, was the second time the presidents of the three Associations met, but the first after FIFA’s decision on the 2030 World Cup was known. The submission on October 28 will take place in Rabat and will be followed by a press conference attended by the presidents of the three federations.
FIFA will have the 2030 World Cup in three continents and six countries after the unprecedented announcement of having Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay each host one game before the rest of the tournament heads to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. All six countries will qualify automatically for the tournament, which will in 2026 be held across North America with 48 teams competing.